The Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday thwarted moves by pro-Biafra agitators to celebrate the ‘Biafra Day’ with a procession in Enugu, South East of the country.
A large crowd of agitators had gathered on Afia Nine, in Obiagu, where they had intended to kick of their procession before they were dispersed by the police.
Musical equipment, as well as public address systems, Biafran flags and other materials were ceased by the police.
Former leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Ralph Uwazuruike, had fixed May 22 as ‘Biafra Day’, although other pro-Biafra groups, celebrate the anniversary of the defunct Republic of Biafra on May 30, to commemorate the date the defunct Biafra declared her independence in 1967.
Confirming the incidence to newsmen, Spokesman of the Enugu State Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu, said the agitators were apprehended for ‘disrupting the peace’ of the society.
According to Amaraizu, the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, has warned against the breach of peace in the state associated with Biafran agitation.
“Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, has warned against any action by any individual or group of persons, under any guise, that is capable of disrupting the existing peace in the state.
“According to the commissioner of Police, anybody or group of persons caught would be made to face the full weight of the law in accordance with the relevant sections of the law.
“Danmallam advised members of the public to be law abiding and go about their normal lawful business without fear of any intimidation or molestation, as the Command’s operatives, working in partnership with sister security agencies as well as relevant stakeholders, will not condole any act capable of disrupting the existing peace in the state,” Amaraizu said.